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UE women’s basketball hires Zhaque Gray as assistant coach

UE women’s basketball hires Zhaque Gray as assistant coach

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s basketball team and head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells have announced that Zhaque Gray will join the program as an assistant coach.

The Purple Aces add another assistant coach with championship experience with the hiring of Zhaque (zhah-QWAY) Gray. Gray comes to Evansville after spending a year as Director of Player Personnel at Bowling Green after transitioning from a career in corporate sales to coaching. Gray began her college basketball career as a guard at Penn State from 2008-12.

“I am thrilled to have Zhaque join our team,” said head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “Her character and attitude toward life and basketball stood out to me immediately when we interviewed. I also love that she helped build a championship team as a player at Penn State and worked under a championship coach last season at Bowling Green State. Her experience will be invaluable to our program as we look to build our program and win championships.”

During her year with the Falcons, Gray was part of a team that led BGSU to a win and a berth in the postseason tournament despite being short on the bench all year. The Falcons were projected to finish fourth in the 2023-24 Mid-American Conference and finished the year in fourth place despite losing an estimated 126 player games due to injury. BGSU also made the postseason with Gray on the team, appearing in the first round of the WNIT.

Prior to Bowling Green, Gray was a graduate assistant at Saint Francis University during the 2022-23 season.

Gray began her college basketball career as a guard for Penn State from 2008 to 2012. With the Lady Lions, Gray was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2012 and finished her career seventh in program history with 149 three-pointers made. During her four years at University Park, Gray ranked in the top 20 in three-pointers made and free throw percentage at 78.2%.

Gray played all four years at Penn State, including the Lady Lions’ 2011-12 Big Ten title season. Gray started all 33 games that season and was the team’s third-leading player, averaging 10.6 points per game. Gray also made 48 three-pointers in her final season at Penn State, helping the Lady Lions advance to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

After her time at Penn State, Gray played one season of professional basketball in Wasserburg, Germany, where she helped her team to a championship. The following year, in 2014, Gray made the training camp roster for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. She was one of more than 40 players to participate in an open tryout with the Sky and became the first open tryout participant in franchise history to receive an invitation to training camp.

A Chicago native and graduate of John Hope College Preparatory HS, Gray was a part of three Chicago Public League championships with the Lady Eagles and was the only unanimous selection to the 3A All-State First Team in her final season in 2007-2008.